confectionary, confectionery

The words confectionary, confectionery sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do confectionary, confectionery sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: confectionary, confectionery are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Sweet preparations; confections.

  2. :: noun

    A confectioner's shop; a confectionery.

  3. :: noun

    Obsolete A confectioner.

  1. :: noun

    Candies and other confections considered as a group.

  2. :: noun

    The skill or occupation of a confectioner.

  3. :: noun

    A confectioner's shop.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").